Bridge players in heaven have a new challenge! Marion “Lou” Coyle began bidding her celestial hand on December 18, 2013.

She is survived by her Dallas family: daughter, Deborah Cassen, son-in-law Jay; grand-daughter Elisa Eckel and husband John; grand-son Sean Slaton, wife Alison, sons Douglas and Hudson; and son Richard, daughter-in-law Lynn of Arizona.

The daughter of Colonel Carl Andrew Waldmann and DAR member Marion Marie Sears, Lou was born September 2, 1919 on the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois Her father’s career assignments, including that of Commandant of the Rock Island Arsenal, provided living experiences in many places from the Presidio in San Francisco to Washington, D.C. She was a 1941 graduate of the University of Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Science degree and was a member of its Delta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Lou married Douglas Jay Coyle on October 27, 1945. For 59 years they resided in Darien, Connecticut. As active members of their community, they were co-founders of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and The Country Club of Darien and members of the Wee Burn Country Club. Both Lou and Doug enjoyed traveling and were involved with People to People, an international exchange program between America and foreign tennis and golf players. Lou moved to Dallas after the death of her husband in 2004.

While living in Dallas, Lou continued to be a gracious hostess, always welcoming and engaging, while enjoying the friendship of people of all ages. She was a master at Mexican Train Dominoes, knit various items for Genesis and the Children’s Medical Hospital, worked monthly at the “Botega” in the Edgemere, read books and newspapers avidly, but her true passion was bridge! She had hundreds of master points and played as often as possible. She was an active sustaining transfer member of the Dallas Junior League, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be on Monday, December 23 in Dallas. Donations may be made in her memory to Post 53, P.O. Box 2066 Darien, CT 06820 or to a charity of your choice.